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>> i can't emfa stphasize now, phone call got this all rolling. >> scary to think this could have happened here. i am just excited to go back and beep with my friend. >> while the teens are in custody awaiting charges, their classmates will be back in school thursday. ceceli a vega, abc news. >> an outdoor breakfast several people will never forget. incredible pictures, seated outside. watch, top of the screen. two cars crash, come right at them. the guy driving the white car closest to the camera was fleeing police. wanted in a domestic violence case. police did catch up with him after he ran away. he was arrested. >> more than 1,000 people have been forced out of their homes in central california, north of fresno, 16 miles from yosemite national park by a fast-moving wildfire. abc's neal karlinsky is there. >> reporter: flames ripped through here so hot and so fast,
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1,000 people were ordered to got out with almost no warning. >> my wife happened to just look out. and the front of the house. and there's the cloud towering above us. >> reporter: hotels evacuated. tourists were left out on the streets with their luggage. in many cases, walking to safety. we found this family sleeping in a nearby hotel lobby. >> you don't really have a plan. there is no plan for this. >> firefighters actually retreated for a short time as this propane tank storage company caught fire. raising fears of a massive blast. a building was lost. but the tanks are now stable. >> we're actually get eg evacuated right now. >> the guliaccis inside the evacuation zone are packing up. worried they may not have anything to return to. [ indiscernible ] -- hate to leave everything behind. this is everything. >> reporter: they did lose eight structures to this fire including this house here. take a look how hot it was.
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we were amazed to find this, aluminum from the car's wheels, melted look a spilled drink. so far they believe they have a handle on this one. neal karlinsky, abc news, oakhurst, california. >> devastating scenes in oakhurst. take a look at today's weather -- the southwest, four corners will see thunderstorms, severe thunderstorms across the midwest bringing hail and tornados. a band of heavy rain extending down into the ohio valley, up into the mid-atlantic. and down into florida. >> the temperature map looks like a typical august day with most of the nation seeing 80s, 90s. and 70s along the pacific northwest and new england. >> a couple of little guys have made their big debut at the bronx zoo here in new york. >> yeah, a pair of snow leopard. born back in may. just yesterday they made their public debut here at the zoo. right now they're living with mom. >> the natural habitat for snow leopard in the mountains of central asia and kidded endangered.
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but the folks at the zoo are taking good care of them. snow leopard featured at the zoo since 1903. during that time they have had 70 snow leopard at the bronx zoo. >> gorgeous. cuddly. >> they have some sharp teeth. rare, as you said. a few thousand left in the world. great to see them. off awe end >> coming up. responses to our ice bucket challenges. don't want to miss this one. and america's facing the big chill. >> eye opening video showing what the sun can do to your skin. the new spotlight on sunscreen. and warnings about cancer. >> in the little league world series, howl mo'ne davis became an instant sensation and making history. you're watching "world news now." ♪ glory days will pass you by glory days ♪
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♪ i'm gonna soak up the sun ♪ i'm going to tell everyone to lighten up ♪ >> the next story may have you think twice of soaking up the sun. a viral video reveals hidden dangers of sun damage. >> fascinating stuff. an artist uses a uv camera to expose what is really happening below the surface of your skin. here is abc's dr. jennifer ashton. >> reporter: it is the shocking
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video burning up the internet with more than 9 million views and counting. uv light showing what skin looks like from the inside-out. the difference like night and day. photographer thomas levrett hoping his video licensed by abc news will help shed light on the importance of sunscreen. watch as people apply sunscreen to their faces. the lotion appearing on his video, solid black streaks. this shows that sunscreen can block uv rays. >> i think what's interesting about the uv camera, it shows, you exactly how effective sunscreen can be. >> reporter: one in five americans will devil of skin canceren their lifetime. and while this video only shows a small sample of different ethnic background. dermatologists say everyone is susceptible to sun damage. >> everyone should have their skin checked at least once a year. if you have a lot of spots check more often. >> reporter: something i know all too well. exposed to the sun at an early age. i was a lifeguard when i was a
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teenager. i had five moles removed, one on my hippo t. potentially chanceous. >> dr. jennifer ashton, abc news, new york. >> incredible pictures of them putting on the sunscreen. you see the black, color black, blocks out the sun. >> really, really good. >> big debate over what sunscreen to put on. talk to your doctor. or do what you do at the beach, stay under the embrel umbrella. use an umbrella all the time. making sand castles. >> nice suit. looking good. >> female pitching phenom, little leaguer, blowing away the competition with the breaking fastball. >> bringing a whole new meaning to "throw like a girl." next on "world news now." >> announcer: "world
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♪ glory days >> bruce springsteen playing dmr glory days. glory days for kids batdling it out in pennsylvania at the little league world series, competition hotter than ever before. >> the team from chicago staying alive at the little league world series. last night facing elimination again. but the windy city little leaguers continued defying the odds, beating their texas rival, 6-1. they're back in action tomorrow night, after a night off facing elimination. not just the chicago boys making a name for themselves. one player has become a star in her own right. >> mo'ne davis, told you about her before. from philadelphia. blowing away the competition with that incredible fastball. we are up all "nightline" with
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abc's john donvan. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: there used to be a put down you heard a lot more in the old days -- "throws like a girl." well mo'ne davis is a girl. and, um -- well -- >> first strikeout of the game. >> reporter: she throws pretty good. pitches clock at 75 miles per hour. major league pitchers throw upward of 90 miles an hour. and helping her team, the philadelphia dragons into the little league world series where she is the first girl to throw a shutout in world series history. >> it's over. >> reporter: allowing two hits and striking out eight boys. she hits too. a run scoring single in her most recent game. >> she is going to score. mo'ne to second. it is not all about her, she is the first to say that. >> -- it seems like everything
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is about me. and not the whole picture of my team mates. without my team mates. i don't think we would be here right now. >> reporter: attention, the cover of "sports illustrated" this week. the first little leaguer ever, boy or girl. that counts as some attention the she says she saw her twitter account jump from 2,000 to 15,000 followersen a couple days. all this catching her by surprise, because she is only in the 8th grade. >> i never thought that i would be a role model at this age. so i was trying, it was kind of shocking to me when i first came down and watched the game. there was like a crowd of people. i was like, i was kind of nervous. excited for it. so i just have to, just be myself. >> reporter: she has been playing baseball since she was 7 along with a lot of other sports. >> i was playing football. i was tackling the boys. and i was throwing spirals to them. and he said you have to play baseball. i was an outfielderment.
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i started pitching at 8 or 9. i wasn't the best i threw strikes. then my arm started getting stronger and stronger. i started throwing. fastball started speeding up. >> reporter: she is known for keeping cool out there which makes her kind of a team leader. one who is thinking already about college down the road. u-conn to play basketball. a different game. itch you want to watch her throw some gas, better get out and watch her throw now. >> another strikeout. >> for "nightline," i'm john donvan in washington. >> 70 miles an hour on that fastball. >> she is impressive. not only the way she plays, but how poised she is. a wonderful future ahead of her no matter what she decides to do. it's fun watching, whether the girls or the boys out here. little leaguers seem to have this game exactly the way they're suppose to. >> you used to pitch. you can identify with difficulty of standing of on the mound. >> way back when, southpaw. certainly they have taken the
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tupperware lady, aunt barbara responded to the icy challenging using her best tupperware for an icy surprise. >> i'm aunt barbara, the tupperware lady. devin, michelle, and jack, i formally accept your nom nation to perform the als ice bucket challenge. i just can't. i just couldn't do it. i tried. it just wouldn't work. >> oh. oh. >> i specifically asked for water with a wedge of lemon. >> oh. >> thank you, neighborhood children. >> and my favorite is the little kid waving in the back there. boy, just amazing. way to go, aunt barbara. andwe issued a throwdown to tim
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laird. >> so popular with his food and drinks, taking to his backyard to meet our challenge. >> hello, "world news now," of course, i can accept that challenge. honey, can i get a little ice for my cocktail? as you can see i have accepted the als ice bucket challenge. now i challenge, kevin harnid, george lindsay, and good friend from las vegas, jonathan scott. go to asla.org and denate noona. i guess i need a new phone. >> way to go. hats off to everybody who donated. they raised a lot of money for a good cause. we are happy to be part of it. >> we'll keep it going. it will be interesting to see who does the challenge next. keep them coming. >> use your finest tupperware. if you haven't done it. go into your closet. make aunt barbara proud. have some ice cubes. ♪ ♪
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this morning on "world news now" -- standoff in ferguson. the fast-moving developments overnight. tense demonstrations in the streets. and today's visit from the attorney general. we'll take you there live. >> legal fight. governor of texas rick perry booked and fingerprinted in a political scandal. >> i'm going to fight this injustice with every fiber of my being. >> why the republican heavyweight and potential presidential candidate is so certain the scandal will blow over. >> and hot wheels. the cars and trucks most appealing to thieves. could your ride be their next steal? >> toyota over here. nissan truck up here. >> why can average family cars look so good to today's thieves. it's wednesday, august 20th.
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>> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good wednesday morning to you. i'm devin dwyer. >> i'm michelle franzen. a lot ahead on this hour. again, ferguson heating up overnight. >> that's right. we do have a live report coming up. we begin with details coming out on the unrest in ferguson, missouri. >> authorities say outside agitators may be behind violence, vandalism and looting. out of 78 arrests made monday only four were actually from ferguson. >> overnight,olice and national guard units appeared to be trying a lower profile as the they faced off again with hundreds of protesters in the streets. abc's tahman bradley is live in ferguson this morning. with the latest. good morning, tahman. >> devin, michelle. good morning to you both. the demonstrations h here in ferguson here this morning are relatively peaceful. the police changed their tactics aiming for a lower profile, but yesterday, there was a lot of anger nearby.
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>> reporter: near ferguson, angry demonstrators gathered after another police shooting. officers in st. louis shot and killed a 23-year-old black man they say was coming at them waving a knife. police say the shooting appears to be justified. the man, a robbery suspect, was screaming, acting erratically. >> our approximately see is end of the day the officer should be able to go home. >> reporter: meanwhile on the streets of ferguson, residents waited to see what the night would bring. community leaders urged people to stay home to avoid another evening of this. dozens of arrests monday. many people coming from outside ferguson. most from st. louis. some from as far away as new york and california. >> it allows a small number of violent agitators to hide in the crowd and then attempt to create chaos. >> reporter: the anger in the street is over the death of 18-year-old michael brown who was shot and skilled by a fer n
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ferguson police officer. brown's funeral held monday. the officer at the center of the storm, darren wilson was interviewed by local authorities. and wilson's good friend, who asked we conceal his identity is speaking out. >> darren is a good people. and people have just immediately jumped to label him as the a cold-blooded murderer. >> reporter: a grand jury will likely start hearing evidence today. but it is not clear how long it will take to decide whether or not wilson will be charged. michelle, devin. >> xlun tcommunity leaders stepp their pro feel to help bring peace. what there a doing to calm things down? >> devin, they're going to try to reach out to the majority black community. they realize they have to try to connecten ape belter way. one thing they would look to try is increase the number of black officers on the police force. there are 3 of 53 officers who are black. they're going to be trying to recruit. also they're asking the community to help raise money
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soap the police can get cameras that they can wear on their vests and equipment and in their squad cars. >> and tahman. another big day. what can we expect today from attorney general eric holder when he visits ferguson. >> yeah, he'll be here, meeting with commune thee leaders, michelle. he will be talking with federal investigators on the scene. more than 40 fbi agents have been out canvassing and doing investigating. talking to witnesses. we know that the fbi they did their own awe temperature sutop brown's body after autopsies done. a big day in ferguson. >> tahman bradley live in ferguson. thank you. >> to the horrific video released by islamic militants purported to show execution of american journalist james foley. the individually too graphic to show you. president obama has been briefed about it. u.s. intelligence analysts are looking at its every frame. as for what we know right now. here's abc's brian ross.
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>> reporter: u.s. authorities say they're studying. if genuine we're apowell by the brutal murder. the video appears to show james foley on his knees in an orange prison jumpsuit with his executioner next to him holding a knife in his left hand. foley disappeared in syria 21 months ago, thanksgiving of 2012 while on assignment for global post. he was a brave and daring reporter who had earlier been held captive in libya before heading to seyria to report ironically on the brutality of the syrian government against the rebels. in the chilling video, foley is first to make a statement on the american bombing of iraq. then his hooded executioner speaking in english, with what seems to be a british accent addresses president obama, saying the attacks by the u.s. air force had resulted "in the bloodshed of your people." the video shows the purported beheading of foley, a disturbing scene. at the end of the video, another
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picture of another hostage. identified in the video as an cam an, stephen soltoff, freelance journalist who disappeared in syria. brian ross, abc news, new york. >> developing story this morning. a patient in california is now being test ford exposure to the ebola virus. other than that patient being admitted to a hospital in sacramento, we know little else about him or her. in a statement, a hospital administrator says the patient is being kept in isolation right now. >> to text texas where governor rick perry at the center of a politically charged indictment. first for a governor in nearly a century. perry was formally booked yesterday. then went for an ice cream cone and tweeted tout a picture. with more, here is abc's karen travers. >> reporter: a raucous scene outside the travis county's sheriff's department. moments earlier, texas governor rick perry was booked on two felony charges, fingerprinted and had his mug shot taken. perry insists charges are
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baseless and political. >> i am going to fight this injustice with every fiber of my being. perry's case senters around this woman. rosemary linburg. convicted of drunk driving in 2013 and served 45 days in jail. prosecutors say perry threat tuned veto her budget and tried to force her to step down. perry ultimately cut linberg's funding an says she lost the public's confidence. the defense team says the jail house video backs that up. >> the governor vetoing state fund going to that individual as a matter of policy is perfectly within the bounds and scope of what the constitution of texas sets out. >> reporter: linberg's office investigates public corruption, and perry's critics say he was trying to silence her because of what her office was investigating. >> public integrity unit at the time was investigating cronyism. and governor perry's cancer research program.
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>> reporter: republicans and some democrats have said the charges against perry are a stretch. governor perry will be arraigned on friday. he then head to new hampshire, to talk to republican candidates there. and test the waters for another presidential run. karen travers. abc news, washington. >> thank you, karen. evacuations are under way in central california where a fast moving wildfire is raging. just 16 miles from yosemite national park. some 1,000, excuse me, people have been forced from their homes. as the the fire threatened about 500 of those homes in the community of oakhurstt the fire has already burned about 1,200 acres and destroyed eight structures. >> in arizona, it is not fire but water causing major problems. at least 8 inches of heavy monsoon season rain and mr. on the way. are causing eping flo inic floo of phoenix. washing out interstates. leading to a dozen walter rescues and lifting houses right
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off their foundations. >> from our health headlines this morning. a call for pregnant women to get vax nated against the flu. pregnant women of course have long been at hyperrisk of getting the flu no matter what tri-moster they're in. the top obgyn group and cdc urging flu shots this season the sooner the better. groups save the blue vaccine cannot harm unborn babies. >> topping of interest to many insomniacs who watch the show. ranks of the city that get the most and least amount of sleep. peoplen melbourne, australia get the most sleep overall. an average of 6:58 a night. only american city coming close to that, orlando, 6:56. of course the most sleep deprived city, tokyo, hait is fm jawbones and users of the digital wristband. >> very interesting. this time yesterday morning we told you that the teen from
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chicago were staying alive with the little league world series. last night facing elimination again. >> but the south side little leaguers continue off to defy the odds. the first inning against their texas rival. tacked on three. making that score more than enough. >> the kids from chicago are staying alive after a 6-1 victory they have the day off. but will be back in action tell night. once again facing elimination. >> we will be cheering them on. >> coming up in the "the mix." the commercial so bad it is going viral. you will want to see that one. >> the information behind taylor swift's brand new song "shake it off." the princess of pop is changing her tune. you are watching "world news now." ♪ but i say cruise it ♪ i won't bruise it ♪ i've got this music ♪ in my mind saying it's gonna be all right ♪ i have two kids and my home is my children's playground.
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♪ baby you can drive my car baby i love you ♪ >> driving this morning. surprise new england headline that may change the way you think about your car. we have a new ranking of the models most targeted by thieves. >> at the top of the list not a flashy sports car but your family car.
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why? abc's mara schiavocampo explains. >> reporter: in the movies and on tv. >> baby, i know you know -- >> reporter: it is always cool cars that are gone in 60 seconds. >> whoo! >> reporter: in real life, thieves' favorites are not smoking hot. most stolen last year, honda accord, chanukah civic, chevy silverado, ford f 50 and toyota camry from the 90s. why? older models don't have security features newer luxury models do. >> toyota. >> former car thief, steve fuller showed abc's "20/20" just how it is done. something as small as the a cracked window making his job much easier. >> i can get out of this track by rocking it back and forth. pull hard enough get my arm in, reach in, unlock it. >> reporter: just what do you need to know that guys like steve don't drive off in your ride? while experts say the age old advice is still the best.
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park in a well-lit, busy area. fully lock all doors, windows and sunroofs. and for goodness sake don't leave your keys in the car, putting the brake on thieves. mara schiavocampo, abc news, new york. >> another good tip. experts also say not to leave your registration in the car. and if you do drive it with another person, if you are going to leave it in the car, put it in a different spot. >> a lot of people leaving important documents there. i never do that. i drive, looks like a vw bug. >> is that your car? >> i own the car. >> or taking the car. >> i love white cars. that's me, i'm hiding in it. >> shake it off, the pop princess, taylor swift. yes, out with a new hit song. and a fresh style that has all of us talking. how she managed to go from her country roots to one of the world's biggest stars. >> aheaden our next half-hour. last minute vacations. summer is almost up.
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♪ i shake it off i shake it off ♪ >> man, we are going to hear the tune a lot. and "shake it off" is taylor swift's latest hit and message striking back at what she is calling take down culture. >> with the new album on the way, 1989, swift is not afraid to change her tune and taking her country act rogue. we're up aall "nightline" with abc's amy robach. ♪ ♪ ♪ i stay up too late got nothing in my brain ♪ >> reporte shoeto announce her latest news, taylor swift took to the digital sphere.
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>> we have people from brazil to canada to norway. i have the song i will play in like 30 seconds. ♪ ♪ i just want to say say say shake it off shake it off ♪ >> lyrics are very telling. who are you talking to, what is your message in the song? >> for me, writing the song was partly about my life. it's mostly about the thing that i hear from my fans in these comments on, on instagram, facebook, twitter, they're dealing with the same things i'm dealing with. their bullies are posting things that are not true on facebook. where mine is in the grocery aisle when i am checking out. but, i think that, you have to -- you have to not only live your life in spite of people who don't understand you, you have to have more fun than they do. >> i like that. that is a great way to look at it. >> the reason behind the catchy album title.
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>> i was born in 1989. for me this is sort of a, musical rebirth in that it is my first pop album. it is a big change. and it's a change i am really excite add but. so i decided to name this after my birth year. >> reporter: in addition to embracing change, swift is not afraid to let her fans see her with her hair down. often posting candids on social media, reaching near three 50 million fans. >> we all see how important girlfriends are to you. you love to post pictures on instagram, social media. you are with people who are also in successful, creative endeavors how do you choose your friends? >> i choose my friends based on people who i have things in common with. or people who challenge me. honestly i think there is something really inspiring being around people who know what they want, people who are passionate about something. i think that it doesn't matter what career my friend have, it's just based on the fact that i can really relate to people who are very driven and, and
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intelligent. you want to be around like, smart, exciting people. i think that just, that brings you up. >> reporter: in an editorial in "the wall street journal" last month, swift wrote, i think forming a bond with fans in the future will come in the form of constantly providing them with the element of surprise. ♪ ♪ her new video has been watched at least 7 million times since last night. so all you taylor haters, shake it off. ♪ i shake it off i shake it snouf foff ♪ >> for "nightline," i'm amy robach in new york. ♪ i shake it off >> definitely, little catchy, not her normal style. a lot of people talking about the music video saying it looks like a gap commercial. looks like black swan. scenes from the white christmas. >> they're right. >> justin bieber struck he, wearing the hat, channelling a
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little of the biebs. >> definitely growing up. trying to barack oreak out of c and going to pop. trying to crossover. she is doing well. and so does bill, an identity thief who stole mary's identity, took over her bank accounts, and stole her hard earned money. unfortunately, millions of americans just like you learn all it may take is a little misplaced information to wreak havoc on your life. this is identity theft, and no one helps stop it better than lifelock. lifelock has the most comprehensive identity theft protection available. if mary had lifelock's bank account alerts, she may have been notified in time to help stop the damage. lifelock's credit notification service is on the job 24/7. as soon as they detect a threat to your identity within their network, they will alert you helping protect you before damage can be done to your identity. lifelock has the most comprehensive identify theft protection available, helping guard your social security number, your money,
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your credit, even the equity in your home. my years as a prosecutor taught me that we all need to protect ourselves from crime, in today's world that includes identity theft. it's a serious problem. we all have to protect ourselves. [ male announcer ] while identity theft can't be completely stopped, no one works harder to help protect you than lifelock. you even get a $1 million service guarantee. that's security no one can beat. you have so much to protect and nothing to lose when you call lifelock right now and get 60 days of identity theft protection risk free. that's right. 60 days risk free! use promo code: notme. order now, and get this document shredder to help keep sensitive documents out of the wrong hands... a $29 value, free! don't wait until you become the next victim! call the number on your screen for 60 days of lifelock identity theft protection risk free and get a document shredder free.
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female passenger: wow. smells good in here. vo: so you and your passengers can breathe happy. and now it is time for "the mix." of course talking back to school all this time. you have seen all the glossy commercials for all the back to school. >> uh-huh. >> we have got one that is not so glossy. take a look. this one will hurt your ears. ♪ go back to school ♪ go back to school ♪ get a haircut ♪ backpacks backpacks come get your backpacks ♪ >> little off-key. this one from a mall in saint joseph, missouri. this one had gone global in a huge way. they're saying it may be working it is so bad. catches your attention. >> so bad. this makes me want to run in there and buy a pair of jeans. thank you for telling me. those are jeans and shoes. our viewers saying that was
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painful to watch. so bad it is memorable. that's crazy. moving on now to animal beat. we have, a real life tortoise to tell you about to day who we think might just be the fastest tortoise we have ever seen. take a look. here it is. this guy, racing after a remote controlled truck. in the kitchen. he has, a realtor tis. moving those legs. big leg action. never catches the truck. puts up a pretty good fight there. what do you think, michelle? little taunting there. a ride in the truck. >> he gets to it. going to get it. >> who ever is driving the truck. our hats off to the tortoise this morning. >> taking us back to michigan now. for a, an adorable story. meet 18-month-old holly. a yellow lab door. a working dog. volunteers her time at a local courthouse. she is a dog that helps witnesses, particularly children when they take the witness stand. the dog has been trained to sit
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next to the witnesses so they can be at ease. and she, again, a working dog. free dog. a donation page for her. >> very sweet. can imagine, sitting in the witness box, draw matic incident trying to testify about it. need a little cuddle or snuggle. >> great idea. >> prosecutors fought for the program. >> that's great. finally, close out the morning in "the mix," a nod back to our childhood. remember the days, pacifier, raising kids and giving of the pacifier it is difficult. meet the parents of cora, 17-month-old from dallas who sent her pacifier to the wind. she tied it there to some balloons as an act of moving on give it a proper send-off and hopefully ease tension and tears at giving away the pacifier. i say use the thumb. >> she may end up picking up a thumb. whuflt a send-off. just let go of is it out of her mouth. >> not sure she is understanding what happened. what the heck did i just do,
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mom. >> look at her. she is into it right
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this morning on "world news now" -- international outrage. an american journalist apparently executed by the barbaric militant group isis, the unspeakably horrifying pictures and new details overnight. >> washed out. dangerous monsoons in the desert southwest. cars and homes sweat away by the floodwaters. the all-out emergency and difficult clean-up. >> stories of romance, the couple that crossed paths in preschool share a remarkable story of how they found each other years later and fell in love. the rest they say is history. >> singers trademarks. superstar pharrell williams who made his fans happy performing in that hat. now he is taking it off. you can see it for yourself. it's wednesday, august 20th.
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>> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good wednesday morning, i'm devin dwyer. >> i'm michelle franzen. of course, we are watching things in ferguson. we want to begin this half-hour with the grim video we mentioned reported to be and show the execution of an american journalist. his name is james foley. >> he had been held captive for years and seems he has been put to death by the islamic group terrorizing northern iraq. details from abc's josh haskell. >> reporter: it is a video too violent to show. 40-year-old american journalist, james foley, kidnapped in syria two years ago now in the hands of isis, wearing an orange jumpsuit he is then apparently executed by the man wearing black holding a knife. the apparent execution is said to be in retaliation for u.s. air strikes on 90 isis targets. president obama has said air strikes have helped the iraqis and kurds take a major step forward and reclaim the critical
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mosul dam. news of the apparent execution came after isis posted messages calling for lone wolves to make home made bombs and kill americans in time square and las vegas. although u.s. intelligence agencies are still analyzing the video, foley's mom released this statement. we thank jim for all the joy he gave us. he was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist, and person. foley was on assignment f in syria for global post when he went missing. his family any pastor talked to abc's boston affiliate, wcvb. >> this is a tragedy beyond imagining, there are no words to describe this kind of inhumanity. >> his apparent executioner speaks english in what seems to be a british accent. the video shows another hostage. reportedly freelance journalist, steven soltoff. according to isis, soltoff's
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life is dependent on president obama's next decision. the brutal isis fighters have executed hundreds if not thousand of iraqi men, women and children. this appears to be the first american. michelle, devin? >> josh, is there any sign of "washington post" photographer austin tice. >> well, at this point it is not clear whether tice had been kidnapped or held hostage by isis. his whereabouts are still unknown. through the ordeal the tice family has grown very close with the foley family and released the following statement. they said the last 635 days we have had to share a horrible nightmare which has made us close to the foley family and our heart goes out to them. we pray eternal rest for james' soul and comfort and peace for his family. >> our thoughts are with all the families this morning, right. abc's josh haskell. thank you so much, josh. to our other top story this morning. a tense night on the streets of ferguson, missouri. >> 11 days after the police shooting of unarmed black
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teenager michael brown. protesters again took to the streets overnight squaring off against police. and the national guard. in the wake of another police shooting. abc's marci gonzalez is there. >> don't shoot! >> hand up! >> don't shoot! >> hands up! >> reporter: more protests miles away from ferguson after officers in st. louis shot and killed a man they say was coming at them with a knife. adding to the outrage still boiling over. another demonstration at the county prosecutor's office. following violent clashes between protestors and police. >> there is a dynamic in the night. it allows a small number of violent agitators to hide in the crowd and then attempt to create chaos. >> reporter: of the 78 people arrested police say only four were from here in ferguson. they claim more than a dozen others came from out of state to join the protests that start every day as peaceful demonstrations. calling for action after the shooting death of an unarmed teenager more than a week ago. >> hands up! don't shoot!
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>> reporter: officer darren wilson who killed michael brown, shooting him six times according to autopsy results is in hiding. the officer's friend says wilson is struggling with what happened. >> i can never imagine him shooting anybody. even as a police officer. you know, i can tell that this is really hard on him. >> reporter: michael brown's funeral will be monday. marci gonzalez, abc news, ferguson, missouri. >> two teenagers are in custody this morning accused of plotting a massacre at their southern california high school. police say south pasadena high school was supposed to be the scene of the attack. the boys ages 16 and 17 were arrested after authorities monitored and intercepted their internet activities. researching weapons and how to make bombs. the first day of school there is tomorrow. >> a football practice in new mexico was brought to an abrupt end when several students were struck by lightning.
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one boy is hospitalized and listed in critical condition this morning. four other boys and a coach were also injured. three of them were sent to the hospital. but they were said to be responsive. >> two incredible images out of arizona -- torrential monsoon season rains. triggering an epic flood north of phoenix. trees, roads, cars, homes being washed away by the powerful rushing waters. abc's jeff zeleny has the latest. >> reporter: floodwaters raging in phoenix. two people trapped in this home, waving a white sheet pleading to be rescued. the house already off its foundation, only a tree holding it in place. at least 8 inches of rain and more to come for a typically sunny, dry, arid phoenix. >> because of the speed of the water, the depth of the water, you don't even know what is underneath. a lot of times you may think it is just hard land, it is a sinkhole. >> reporter: portions of
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interstate 17 closed by inches of mud and debris. dramatic scenes like this playing out across the region. look here as an elderly passenger is rescued from her vehicle. emergency crews punching out the side window to retrieve her as muddy waters engulf the car. all over phoenix, urban flooding from monsoon rains creating a chaotic day in the desert. >> the power of water to do this is unbelievable. this is something that happens in arizona periodically. kind of magical, kind of scary and exciting all at once. >> flash flood watches and warnings continue throughout the southwest. in phoenix as the water receded, rivers of destruction and damaged property left behind as the clean-up slowly got under way. jeff zeleny, abc news, los angeles. >> in central california they're praying for rain outside yosemite national park, a fast-moving wildfire is raging just 16 miles from one of the park's entrances. forcing the evacuation of some 1,000 residents and threatening about 500 homes in the community of oakhurst. the fire has already burned
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1,200 acres. >> wasn't fire, but an earthquake that had nerves on edge in oklahoma. 4.2 magnitude rattled oklahoma city yesterday morning as this liquor store security camera footage shows. ultimately only a few bottles broke. there werere also no reports of any injuries. >> now here is a look at the nation's weather. heavy rain will blanket much of the mid-atlantic and ohio valley regions. with one band stretching down into florida. and another into the upper midwest where severe storms could trigger hail and tornados. there were also, there will also be scattered showers and thunderstorms for the four corner states and the southwest. >> and the heat is on, in the midwest and the south. most of the nation sees temperatures now in the 80s and 90s. >> and back to oklahoma now for this one. a grandfather is extremely proud of his new granddaughter, simply because he brought her into this world. >> rocky anderson was driving his daughter-in-law to the hospital to give birth when she said she wasn't going to make it. they pulled over and andersen
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delivered the little girl whose name is london faith, right in a gas station parking lot. >> grandpa said he had the confidence to deliver the baby get this because he watched national gee graphic -- national g geographic. he thought he knew what to do. he had seen it apparently on one of their shows. >> guess we should watch more of the programs. >> guess so. never seen any baby delivery tips on "national geographic." >> beautiful baby girl by the way. >> sharks and others -- >> you never know. >> you never know what you are going to learn when you watch nat-geo. >> and when you need it. >> exactly. coming up in "the skinny" -- a shackup on one of t shackup -- a shake-up on one of the biggest television events. in "the skinny". >> first. going undercover to get a last minute summer vacation in return. letting you in on a travel industry secret that could save you a bundle. you are watching "world news now." ♪ vacation all i ever wanted ♪ vacation have to get away ♪ vacation >> announcer: "world news now"
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♪ ♪ vacation all i ever wanted ♪ vacation have to get away >> summer is winding down. if you haven't had a chance to take a vacation. it is not too late. that is, if it is money that you are holding back, don't worry. >> just two weeks before labor day. some families are booking getaways, accepting a secret spy mission to get a vacation in
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return for free. abc's paula faris shows us how. >> reporter: rebecca, mike, and 2-year-old veronica cholu are about to go on summer vacation for practically free. how? they're mystery shoppers. as many as 1 million in america right now. sent in by companies to make sure everything is running smoothly. >> if i wasn't mystery shopping i don't know how i would pay full price. >> reporter: free newspapers for guests. 24-hour business and fitness centers. they check out. pillows in the lobby, messy. this is what you don't like right here? and there is sand all over the carpet. everything gets documented on this score sheet. so far what would you say about this experience? >> i would say it is -- the service is friendly maybe a little bit slow.
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>> reporter: upstairs the ice machine is good. the vending machine is out of order. inside. >> i will go ahead and inspect the linens. >> reporter: where rebecca find a tiny stain. in the bathroom, testing the hair dryer. >> whoo. >> reporter: in the end the cholus give the hotel a thumbs up. they will do 150 mystery shops this year, saving their family $5,000 in expenses they would have bought any way. david lipton, president of a mystery shopping company says be wary of companies asking you to pay them money up front. >> the most successful mystery shoppers are people reliable, responsible, they have a keen eye for detail. >> reporter: back at the beach, veronica and her folks all done digging up yet another mystery shop. give me a high-five too. paula faris, abc news, corpus christi. >> the government warning though always be extra cautious if you are applying to be a mystery shopper. dig deeper. never pay to be a mystery shopper.
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>> pretty cool. we are all critics when we go on vacation anyway. kind of nice that you might be able to get it to work for you. there is my formal job. >> you need to go undercover, you were telling me, make beds and search -- >> i did. the one that brings you the nice fresh towels. >> pillows. >> do you leave mints on the pillows? >> i like those. >> you eat them before you put them on the pillow, that's great. she's trouble. up next, big news about the big hat that pharrell. wore to the grammys that some people might find very happy. >> happy. what katy perry, cold play, rihanna are being asked to do that never happened before. next in "the skinny." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. that never happened before. next in "the skinny."
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♪ skinny so ♪ skinny so skinny >> and it is time for "the skinny." leading us off, big news about a very big hat. you know the one that pharrell wore to the grammys. displayed at the museum in washington, d.c. >> going on display. nearly broke the internet. tweets and parody pictures. bought by arby's on e-bay. loaning it out for a limited time. happy fans can see it in all its glory right in our nation's capital. who knew? >> quite the attraction. does resemble the arby's arch.
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>> next, katy perry and something that could be causing her to roar. check this out, the pop superstar songstress, topping the list of artists, narrowed down for the nfl halftime performance, rihanna, and coldplay. they were also reportedly being asked to pay to play. something that has never been done before. >> "the wall street journal," reporting that the league representatives approached potential performers, asking if they would be willing to make a financial contribution in exchange for the halftime gig. in response, the nfl said performers' contracts were confidential. the only goal is to put on best possible show. gosh, in my head all morning. i can't believe they're asking them to pay. >> should be interesting. >> well, a shock tonight indeed with that big news.
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>> and "breaking bad" fans can rejoice over the reunion of brian cranston and aaron paul. even though the series has come to a close. they have come together for a video to promote the upcoming emmy awards. >> they play inept shop owners, when they are greeted by julia louis-dreyfus, "veep" star, looking to pawn the emmy she won from seinfeld days. >> okay, you need to get a hold of yourself. i need that back. i need that back. >> no, no, no. just about to make a deal. >> i can't pawn my emmy. it's priceless to me. i need it back. okay? >> she's not strapped for cash. she's on a tv show. >> well, it's cable money though. >> tell me about it. cranston's character wasn't interested in the emmys, because it was for a supporting role,
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which aaron paul took issue with. all three are nominated. primetime emmy award taking place next monday. >> do you watch "veep?" >> i've seen "veep" several times. >> it captures the d.c. vibe. >> so good. >> up next -- a surprise reunion in new york city. >> a mean girl and old teacher ran into each other in the big apple. of course they took a selfie. tina fey and lindsay lohan. believe it or not, it has been ten years, a decade since the two appeared together. fey, biting brutal comedy about girls being bad. >> lohan is soon to be london bound, gearing up to make her west end debut in david mammoth's "speed the plough" premiering next month. >> who is celebrating their big day today -- ♪ ♪
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realizing it. here's abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: call it a cute coincidence or simply meant to be. >> you do have a story. it is a little bit unique and a little magic to it. >> reporter: 35-year-old jason ross and wife jessica have been married nearly ten years after meeting at a local nightclub in college. >> i thought maybe she was out of my league. >> reporter: it turns out this couple's's love story began lon before college. here they are in preschool where they unknowingly attended the same halloween costume party. that's jason as superman. and over there, as genie, his future bride. >> i called her up. "did you ever have a genie costume --" >> " -- for halloween?" >> and i said, i did. >> reporter: a year after
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discovering the picture the couple got engaged using that fortuitous photo as their save the date which read -- in about 20 years he'll turn around and catch his first glimpse of her on april 9th she'll say i do. >> everybody when they received them, they were like, is this a real picture? >> reporter: today that couple of kids is now a couple with three kids of their own. with a picture-perfect start to their happily ever after. >> everybody has their own love story. >> this is ours. >> reporter: gio benitez, abc news, new york. >> picture perfect. >> their family has grown since that wedding. >> that's right. they have. e-harmony put out happiness and harmony index. they say, if you met your spouse in school, you have a high happiness and harmony level. if you met in church, it's off the charts. >> off the charts. those couples who met in school, were less likely to divorce. than people who melt in a -- met in another setting. that from e-harmony data. >> go to school, get in the pews, people. find your love. it may be t there. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now" informing insomniacs for two decades.
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making news in america this morning, unspeakable brutality. islamic militants claim to kill a kidnapped american journalist and post the gruesome video. they're warning president obama and america as we hear from the victim's family overnight. tense standoff. peace full protests in ferguson again turned raucous late into the night as people demand answers into the michael brown shooting. plus, the new deadly police involved shooting that happened nearby. chilling plot. police say they intercepted a planned massacre at a high school. >> i am convinced that we averted a mass murder here. >> what investigators say the two teens were hoping to do and the tip that uncovered their alleged plan. caught on camera, the motorc

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